West Point cadet found dead on grounds of the military academy after being missing for four days

David Boroff

A West Point cadet missing since Friday has been found dead at the military academy.

The body of Cadet Kade Kurita was discovered on the grounds of the New York campus just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to officials.

“We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita’s family and friends," Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams said in a statement early Wednesday.

Foul play is not suspected, but an investigation into the cadet’s death is ongoing.

Kurita, who was 20, had been unaccounted for after failing to show up for a scheduled military skills competition before the weekend.

Officials had previously said that he may be a “danger to himself.” An assault rifle was also missing, but Kurita he did not have ammunition with him when he disappeared.

Kurita was from Gardena, California.

“I would like to thank the N.Y. State police and the 23rd MP Company along with partners,” said Lt. Gen. Williams. “They exhibited exceptional professionalism as demonstrated by their tremendous efforts in searching for Cadet Kurita.”

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